To start this post off, I have to say that I absolutely love radio. I’m not just talking about music either. I easily listen to far more radio programs than I watch TV a week. In the mornings, I listen to NPR and CNBC. During work I listen to multiple different types of podcast (Comedy, News, Personal Stories). In the evenings I will listen to NPR while I do my homework or regular work. I know I am a outlier when I say this, but I could easily go without TV anymore if I was guaranteed to always have radio (and podcast).
Jad Abumrad speaks directly to me in both the YouTube clips posted on the week 5 assignment page. Just as Abumrad says, radio forces you to use you imagination. Unlike TV, you have to create your characters and settings to go along with the words that are being said. As Abumrad explains, this is incredible because this allows thousands of people create different thoughts in their head, all coming from the same words spoken. This to me makes radio far superior to TV shows and movies.
To stay on this same topic, since radio is just spoken words and sounds, this forces creators of radio content to seek any way to appeal to the listener. I agree with Abumrad and truly believe that this is a true art from. This is a very old school or “ancient” form of entertainment, but by far the most creative. It’s amazing to me to see how the tone or delivery of words can create such strong imagery in my head.
Radio will never be dead to me. I think everyone would benefit from taking a break from TV and spend some time just listening to the radio.